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Deirdre Murphy

Deirdre Murphy investigates the complexities of relationships -- be they groups of birds, clusters of stars, or shards of geometric color shapes. Flocks of starlings and the astro-matrixes of stellar constellations are metaphors for the mental maps of our contemporary social networking. Murphy is fascinated by the murmurations of flocking birds and how they shift and pulsate in a collective movement. Murphy paints to reveal the contained energy that repels or attracts one another, to explore how these subtle pattern changes tell us about our relationship to nature and to each other. Her use of color and shape investigate this theme of inter-dependency.


Murphy has exhibited internationally and extensively in the United States. Her artwork has been exhibited at institutions including the Philadelphia International Airport, Palm Springs Museum of Art, Biggs Museum, New Bedford Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, most notably the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship and a Leeway Foundation award, she has been an artist-in-residence at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Vermont Studio Center, and Pouch Cove Artist Residency (St. Johns, Newfoundland). Her artwork has been published in New American Paintings and FreshPaint Magazine. Murphy’s artwork can be found in many public and private collections including Colorado Springs Fine Art Center Museum, Temple University, AlphaMed Press, and Gamblin Artists Colors.


Murphy earned her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA  from the Kansas City Art Institute. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a visiting artist at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania College of Design, University of Texas, and Philadelphia University. Murphy is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia PA and Zinc Art + Interiors in Edmonds WA.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday 11 - 6

Wednesday - Saturday 10 - 6

Sunday 1 - 5

 BoxHeart Expressions 4523 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224